Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Los Kogars - Desde Tijuanadotdotdot
artworkSo, do we take this seriously? Does it matter. Really cool 7" from a French band (Versailles) with a Mexican complex. The French approach to surf (like everything else musical) is unusual. These fellas parlay vous the agua tunes with a lack of energy and a sense of humor. Surf is usually a high energy style. Even when the tune is slow, the sound is big. Here, these Versaillites play original and vintage surf in a gentle light way, and somehow it works. I like it. Released in 1995.
Picks: Joe's Shuffle, Swingin' Ape, El Mongol, Movin'

Track by Track Review

Joe's Shuffle dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Is this a Fireballs song? It's quite cool in its minimal way. Not really a melody, just a bunch of fun twang.

Swingin' Ape dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

A moronic story told over stupid bed in the intro, but then a surf progression is unleashed upon the world. A middle eastern sense, and a chunky grind. Reverb twang, and chunky fun.

El Mongol dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cover of a Mexican sixties instro with an oriental flair. It's pretty cool, primitive, derivative, and almost as crude as the Mexicano original.

Movin' dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's most rhythmically driven surf instro, covered with the sort of arrangement that gives it less power and more cool than many others. Not remarkable, but quite adequate.